Aug 31, 2011

Writing classes for women

Fall 2011 - "Poeming the Silence," Thursdays Oct 13 - Nov 17, 10 am - noon. Greenwood Senior Center, Contact Center.

My Tues night class is now open for new members, 7-9 pm. Contact me directly.

Aug 27, 2011

Come Celebrate! Launch Party, Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm

Please join us to as we launch Elizabeth Myhr's debut book of poetry, the vanishings & other poems.

When: October 15, 2011- 7:30 p.m.
Where: The home of Anita Nadelson & Tom Garvey
Address: 3300 43rd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
Neighborhood: Laurelhurst
Questions: 206 769 0444

Please RSVP to

Join SPA Member Elizabeth Myhr at Northwest BookFest 2011

As part of the Northwest BookFest 2011 Education Program Beth will be talking with writers and readers about the new, virtual, cooperative press Calypso Editions. Elizabeth is a founding member of Calypso.

Sunday, Oct. 2
Noon - 1 pm
Room 4
Founding the Virtual Small Press

Aug 23, 2011

Call for submissions: [out of nothing]

(this one I kinda dig...JE)

[out of nothing], an electronic publication interested in new works in image, sound, text, and the intersections between these media, is now open to submissions for its sixth issue: "in the mirror, a sleep, a spectral nothing."

Please submit your textual, aural, visual, poly/ambi-medial work to us at <shelling.peanuts(at)> [replace (at) with @].

Deadline: October 31, 2011
Complete submissions guidelines are available at:

Prospective contributors would be well-advised to consult our earlier publications at as a guide to the type of work we're interested in: to supplement this understanding and ideally stimulate your thinking about a new piece made particularly to address the issues that consume, or rather, are consumed by us, we offer the following potential topics:
> the vacuum
> salvage / remainders
> imaginary spaces possessed of imaginary dimensions
> darkness / lightlessness
> reduced or infinitesimal means
> the exponential
> self-abnegating symbols
> the blank
> obliteration
> the inconsequential
> refusal
> the contentless / general contentlessness
> the generic and / or undifferentiated and / or the contra-original
> adhesive agents in search of clients to bind
> none of the above or below

Electronic submissions only. Please allow 3 - 6 months response time.
Eds., [out of nothing]

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press: Chapbook Contest

The prize for our 2011 poetry chapbook contest is:

$10,000 and publication of the winning manuscript

Unprecedented in the history of chapbook competitions, our cash award for the winning manuscript in 2011 is $10,000. In 2012, our cash prize will revert to $1,000. If we are ever able to scrape together another $10,000, our plan is to offer that amount as a prize once again. : )

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2011 Poetry Award

for a chapbook-length manuscript

May 1 - August 31, 2011 (postmark date)

Please submit:

10-20 pages of original poetry not already published, or committed to be published, as a collection

by a single author

English only, no translations

no more than one poem per page (however, a single poem may be longer than one page), typed in 12 pt. plain font

no artwork

include a table of contents

please number pages

one title page with poet's name, address, telephone number, email, and title of
manuscript and a second title page with title only

biographical page (ONLY because we are interested in you as a person)

acknowledgements page

$20 entry fee, checks made payable to Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and drawn on a U.S. bank - if you live outside the United States, please send the entry fee in the form of a cashier's check or money order

absolutely no paper clips, spring clips, staples, plastic covers, or folders -
we would rather not have to bother with these things, so don't waste your

Do not include a SASE - winner will be announced on our website in the fall of 2011.

Manuscripts will be recycled.

Send by regular, first-class mail only:

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Award
2155 Elk Creek Rd.
Stuart, Virginia 24171

***Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they like, but each must be accompanied by a check or money order for the $20 reading fee.

Aug 20, 2011

Voices in Space (VIS)

Voices in Space (VIS) is a free literary forum on which writers and poets—no matter how experienced— may post their work and get feedback from a wide array of impartial critics, i.e., the community of users.  Authors also have the ability to workshop their writing on the site, track the evolution of their writing, and gauge how changes to a work are received by their audience. 

VIS’s mission is to provide writers of all levels exposure for their work while attracting the constrictive criticism they need to hone their craft.  To learn more, please take a moment to browse the site,, or visit our “How We Work” page,

Happy versing!

-The VIS Team

Aug 7, 2011

Two readings: Patricia Killelea (August 9 and 13)

Patricia Killelea will read poems from Other Suns at The Elliot Bay Book Company (1521 Tenth Avenue Seattle) on Tuesday, August 9 @ 7 p.m. and for the Poets West Reading Series (Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle) on Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m. Other Suns is her first poetry collection. Find out more at

Aug 5, 2011

Engaging Diverse Youth in Creative Programming

Wednesday, August 17 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Beacon Hill Library (Free parking. Served by Metro Buses 36, 38, & 60 & the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station)
2821 Beacon Ave S.
Seattle, Washington

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The Cross Cultural Health Care Program, the Office of Minority Health, and Within Reach are pleased to announce the second event in the 2011 Can You Hear Me? Speaker Series.

Need inspiration and support for your work? New to the field? Come get some great ideas and meet new colleagues!

Panelists will include individuals in creative youth programming focusing on the arts, health care, mental health, and community wellness. We will discuss projects involving diverse youth, outreach ideas, how to stay alive in a hard economy, and more!

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Optional brown bag & networking. Bring lunch. We’ll provide drinks & dessert.
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Panel discussion.

Free and open to the public! Limited Seating. RSVP to Nimisha: | 206.860.0329

For accommodations, please inquire prior to the event.